Patron - James Barnor
James Barnor was born in 1929 and established his famous Ever Young studio in Accra, Ghana in the early 1950s, capturing a nation on the cusp of independence. His journey is unique and embodies the Future of Ghana Vision.
In 1959 James arrived in London, to further his studies and continuing assignments for influential South African magazine Drum, which reflected the spirit of the era and the experiences of London’s burgeoning African diaspora at the time. He then returned back to Ghana in the early 1970s to establish the country’s first colour processing lab while continuing his work as a portrait photographer and embedding himself in the music scene.
His photographs have been collated by the London-based charity Autograph ABP and in 2011 became part of the new Archive and the Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography. In 2011, Mr Barnor was honoured with a GUBA special “Lifetime Achievement” award. On receiving it, he revealed that it was the first award he had ever been given.
Barnor had work included in the show Another London: International Photographers Capture London Life 1930–1980 at Tate Britain in August 2012, with his 1967 photograph of BBC World Service reporter “Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London” featuring on the cover of the catalogue. His photographs are represented in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate and Government Art Collection in the UK, as well as in numerous international private collections. A true pioneer and living legend, Mr Barnor’s knowledge of Ghana’s past and his enthusiasm for its future makes him an exemplary patron.